Information is filtering out about the 2015 Asia-Oceania Seminar in Nagoya. No official notice yet on the IKYF (what does the Y stand for?) web site, but news travels fast in the Internet age. People interested in going should keep an eye on their site and also check with your local Kyudo association (renmei) for details.
A couple of things of note from last time: everyone should probably take some time to practice reciting the Raiki Shagi and Shaho Kun out loud in Japanese. There’s no telling who may be asked to do that. People at 4-dan or above should also be ready to act as kaizoe in the opening yawatashi. Bring the book, and your setta. You won’t know until you pick up the registration packet (so if possible do that as soon as you get there!).
The big worry coming from outside Japan (aside from reservations, etc) seems to be bringing bows. Depending on the size of the plane (and so, the cargo containers), on domestic routes Japanese airlines typically have no troubles with bows (no charge, either on JAL or ANA, though I’ve heard about extra costs on discount airlines like Peach), but I’m not sure about international flights. I’ve heard all kinds of crazy stories about other airlines, though. Check ahead with different airlines and see what kind of a deal you can get. Maybe we can do some Internet democracy here and record the policies of different airlines? Which airline did you check? From which country? Did they have a problem carrying bows? Any extra charge? Maybe some favourite yumi-friendly airlines will emerge…
Otherwise I’ll see people there! If we don’t die first.